Clarksdale, MS-based consumer attorney and advocate Christopher E. Kittell, of the firm Merkel & Cocke, P.A., is pleased to announce the launching of www.fcralawyer.blogspot.com, a blog dedicated to explaining the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. The blog will take each section of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and explain it in layman’s terms. The new blog will also report on important developments affecting the credit reporting industry including the latest news regarding identity theft, impending legislation and consumer related scams. Kittell will also explain new federal court opinions interpreting the Fair Credit Reporting Act as they are released.
Christopher E. Kittell is a consumer attorney with ten years experience representing victims of identity theft and credit reporting errors. A partner in the Clarksdale, Mississippi law firm of Merkel & Cocke, P.A., Kittell practices primarily in the area of civil litigation, including the areas of consumer protection, Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) litigation, personal injury (both plaintiff and defense), and wrongful death. He is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Mississippi, including the Mississippi Supreme Court, all Mississippi Circuit and Chancery Courts, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. He is also licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Kittell has received nationwide notoriety for his practice regarding the FCRA. Kittell was involved in a $4.47 million verdict against Trans Union, at the time the largest verdict against a credit bureau. Kittell is currently involved in FCRA cases across the nation and is often associated by lawyers around the country less familiar with the inner workings of the credit reporting industry. Currently, Kittell is representing consumers from Mississippi to Georgia to New York. Kittell’s litigation experience is not limited to consumer law, as he also obtained a $2,273,000.00 verdict for a plaintiff in a slip and fall case in the Circuit Court of DeSoto County, Mississippi in August, 2006, which is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict to date in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
Kittell has also enjoyed lecturing to both current and future lawyers, including speaking at local Continuing Legal Education seminars in Mississippi, lecturing for consumer law classes at the University of Mississippi School of Law, and lecturing each year at the National Association of Consumer Advocates FCRA Conferences since the Conference’s inception in 2001. Kittell has served on the Conference’s steering committee since 2004.